VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Larry Ashley, trainer for the Vancouver Canucks, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 42.
Ashley began his hockey career at age 19 with Ottawa of the World Hockey Association and joined the Canucks in 1981 from the Quebec Nordiques.
The Canucks and the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch will wear a helmet sticker this season bearing the insignia LA, a signature mark used by Ashley.
William F. Boni
CHESTER, Vt. (AP) _ William F. Boni, a decorated World War II correspondent for The Associated Press, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 85.
A sportswriter-turned-war correspondent, Boni was awarded a Purple Heart during the war after he was wounded by Japanese shell fragments while in a landing craft off New Guinea.
His book, ``Want To Be a War Correspondent? Here’s How ...,″ was published this year by Rainbow Books Inc.
Boni, a native of Drachten, Netherlands, came to the United States at age 5. He began his journalism career in 1935 covering sports for the New York Evening Post. He took a sportswriting job at AP two years later and became the AP’s domestic military editor in 1942.
Later that year, he went to Australia as an AP war correspondent. He also covered battles in China, Burma, India and Europe.
Boni is survived by his wife, Maria; three daughters; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ Cipriano Ferrel, the founder of Oregon’s only farmworkers union, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He was 46.
Ferrel was the former president of Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United, which represents more than 2,000 farmworkers. He also co-founded the Willamette Valley Immigration Project, a precursor to the union.
Ferrel, one of 11 children of a farmworker who picked grapes and watermelons, attended college in Bakersfield, Calif., for two years before he quit to work for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers of America.
Yehuda Meir Getz
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Rabbi Yehuda Meir Getz, the first and only Israeli rabbi to preside over the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 71.
Getz immigrated from Tunisia to Israel as a child. He was an artillery major during the 1967 Mideast War when Israel captured east Jerusalem, which contains sites holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians.
The war cost Getz dearly _ his son was killed fighting in east Jerusalem _ and also changed his life. He was appointed overseer of prayers at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the ancient Jewish temple destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago.
Considered a relative moderate in Israel’s Orthodox Jewish establishment, Getz avoided conflict at the wall, sensitive because of its proximity to one Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque.
He was noted for his decision to ban an army ceremony at the Western Wall two years ago because men and women were to stand together, in violation of strict Orthodox Jewish custom.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ James Kingsley, a longtime reporter for The Commercial Appeal who often reported scoops on Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other music stars, died Friday after battling emphysema. He was 66.
Kingsley and Lewis shared the nickname ``The Killer,″ and the Kingsley and Presley families knew each other in Tupelo, Miss., where Kingsley was born in 1929. He graduated from the University of Mississippi and began working for the Appeal in Tupelo in 1952. He retired just five months ago.
``What I did is, I never tried to doublecross somebody,″ Kingsley once said. ``I wouldn’t take much off the record. I’d tell them, `If you can’t tell me, I’ll have to go somewhere else.‴
Survivors include his wife, Sibyl Kingsley, a son, daughter and grandson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Katherine Locke, who starred on Broadway opposite John Garfield in ``Having a Wonderful Time″ and was critically acclaimed as Shakespeare’s Ophelia, died of a brain tumor Tuesday. She was 85.
She became the toast of Broadway’s 1937 season when she starred with Garfield in the Arthur Kober comedy, following up with Ophelia in the Maurice Evans production of ``Hamlet.″
Her other Broadway plays included ``Fifth Column″ with Lee Cobb and ``Clash by Night″ with Tallulah Bankhead.
Locke also appeared in the films ``The Seventh Cross″ (1944), ``The Snake Pit″ (1948), ``Try and Get Me″ (1951), ``People Will Talk″ (1951), ``Flesh and Fury″ (1952) and ``A Certain Smile″ (1958).
Helen K. Nearing
BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) _ Author Helen K. Nearing, who inspired thousands of urbanites to head to the country, build their own houses and grow their own food, was killed Sunday when the car she was driving hit a tree. She was 91.
Nearing co-wrote two best-selling books, ``Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World,″ and ``Continuing the Good Life,″ with her husband, Scott, who died in 1983 at age 100.
In her 91 years, Nearing, a life-long vegetarian, never tasted a hamburger, swallowed an aspirin or used a credit card.
In the 1930s, she and her husband abandoned New York City for a mountainside homestead in Vermont.
About 20 years later they moved to Harborside, Maine, to escape the burgeoning ski industry. Visitors were amazed at how they grew greenhouse lettuce in winter with only sunlight for warmth and provided themselves with more than 90 percent of their own food.